Ben Sidell hails from a family steeped in food and entertainment. An actor by trade, Sidell strived to find his purpose in L.A. After finding himself turning to baking as a form of therapy, the actor-turned-professional baker took a leap of faith and finally found the best of both worlds with the opening of SweetBoy in December 2019. Despite COVID-19 shutting down the country a mere 10 weeks after opening, Sidell continued to work harder than ever, baking and delivering his delicious baked goods (100% solo!) to Angelenos needing to indulge in comfort foods during uncertain times. Best known for its signature SweetBuns—Sidell’s take on cinnamon rolls—chocolate chip cookies and rainbow sugar cookies, each of the delivery-only bakery’s desserts are baked to order. Sidell's desserts are also available at new WeHo restaurant Saltie Girl, which his mother opened this year.
This Beverly Hills boulangerie is renowned for its delicious and innovative plant-based baked goods. Offering both traditional and vegan options, Chaumont has gained the attention of locals for its commitment to creating indulgent treats that are cruelty-free and environmentally conscious. From flaky croissants and tender scones to decadent cakes and cookies, the menu is filled with delightful treats that are baked traditionally or entirely plant-based and sure to please everyone.
3. Clark Street
Clark Street bakery has captured the hearts and taste buds of Los Angeles locals with its exceptional artisanal breads. Using traditional baking techniques and high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, this bakery is a beloved culinary destination, revered for its crusty sourdough loaves and unique flavor profiles that have earned high regard among bread aficionados in the bustling L.A. food scene.
Founded by the power-team of Gianna and Nicola Vietina (Madeo Ristorante) and Federico Fernandez (Four Seasons Hotel executive pastry chef), Bianca Bakery is a must-try spot for those with a love for culinary delights. The bakery’s menu exhibits Argentinean, Italian and French influence, and ranges from comfort dishes like bread and marmalade to the decadent like Mediterranean sea bass and pounded veal-chop Milanese. Culver City
With a stunning industrial interior, warm environment and delicious menu, Sycamore Kitchen is an urban bakery to be revered. The spot was founded by Karen and Quinn Hatfield, and their extensive experience in the industry—with one Michelin star restaurant already under their belt—is evident in the ingenuity and artistry of the menu. Restaurant highlights include pork belly hash, dark ale spice gingerbread and croque madame. Los Angeles
Fresh breads, grain bowls, homemade pastries, oh my! Gjusta's extensive menu offers a variety of delightful treats that are bound to satisfy any craving. The store is a triple threat: not only is it a bakery, but a cafe, market and deli as well. If you’re strolling down Sunset Ave. and find yourself at Gjusta, then a must-try off the menu is the build-your-own fish sandwich with a choice of house-made breads and fresh seafood. Venice
7. Fat + Flour
The small-batch bakery on Broadway has gained a cult following for its artisanal approach to baking and use of only the finest ingredients, including locally-sourced flours and premium fats, to create exceptional baked goods. Fat & Flour offers delicious pies, cookies and coffee within the charming atmosphere of Grand Central Market.
Originally founded in San Francisco, this bakery brought its reputation and rustic craft of breadmaking with a contemporary twist to Santa Monica. Using locally-sourced flours and ingredients, Tartine creates a wide variety of baked goods including croissants, morning buns and seasonal pastries, alongside the cafe’s all-day breakfast and lunch menu that truly highlights the chefs’ culinary expertise.
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